Renewing Your License in Alabama
Renew Your Driver's License in Alabama
If you plan to drive a vehicle in Alabama, you will be required to hold a valid AL driver's license. Pay attention to the date specified on your license, as you'll need to make sure to renew your driver's license before it expires.
The Alabama Driver License Division (DLD) of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for processing all driver license applications, including renewals.
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When to Renew Your AL Driver's License
NOTE: If you recently moved and have not yet updated your address with the Alabama DPS, make sure to do so within 30 days of the move. For more information, please see our Changing Your Address page.
Your Alabama driver's license is valid for 4 years at a time. The Driver License Division of the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS) allows you to renew your driver's license 180 days before it expires, and even gives you a "grace period" of 60 days after it expires in which your license will still be valid.
You can renew your AL driver's license without having to take an examination as long as you process the renewal within 3 years after it expires.
Remember, DO NOT operate your vehicle without a valid driver's license.
Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Driver's License
If you've lost your AL driver's license and it has already expired, you may be able to renew your driver's license instead of ordering a replacement. Contact your local AL driver’s license office to see if you're eligible.
For more information about how to replace a lost, stolen, or damaged driver's license, please read our page about Replacing a Lost License.
Expired Driver's License
If your AL driver's license has been expired for no more than 3 years, you can renew it without examination.
Please remember you can only drive with your expired driver's license in Alabama as long as it's within the grace period of 60 days. After that, you can no longer legally drive.
You can look at the date on your driver's license or check your driving record to determine if it has expired and, if so, for how long.
If your license has been expired for more than 3 years, the AL DPS will require you to re-take the written and/or road test again. For more information, contact the Alabama DPS.
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Renew Your Alabama Driver's License
You can renew your AL driver's license online, by mail, or in person at your local AL DPS office.
The Alabama DPS will accept your renewal application up to 180 days before your driver's license expires and up to 3 years after it expires without needing to re-take any tests.
Qualifying drivers can use Alabama's Online Driver License Issuance tool to renew their driver's license online.
To use this tool you will need a credit card for payment and your current address must match the address on your current driver's license.
The Alabama DPS allows certain individuals who meet the eligibility requirements to renew their driver's licenses by mail.
For step-by-step details about this renewal process, please see “ Out-of-State & Military License Renewals" below.
If you would like to renew your AL driver's license in person, you'll need to visit your local driver's license office.
NOTE: You must renew in person if you want to upgrade to a STAR ID. For a STAR ID, the AL DPS requires you to renew at a driver license exam office; you can’t renew to a STAR ID at your county probate office or license commissioner’s office.
Be prepared to:
- Provide your current AL driver's license.
- You MIGHT be required to show additional documentation if you’re renewing and keeping a regular driver’s license.
- You WILL be required to show specific documentation if you want to upgrade to a STAR ID. The AL DPS requires the following for a STAR ID:
- 1 document proving your identity and date of birth such as your certified birth certificate, valid passport, or valid citizenship or naturalization documents. If your name has changed since getting your last driver’s license, you also must provide all proofs of the name change such as all marriage licenses, divorce decrees, adoption documents, and/or court orders.
- 1 document proving your Social Security number such as your Social Security card or W-2 tax form.
- 2 documents proving your principal residence such as your voter registration card, current mortgage, lease, or rental contract, or school enrollment documents.
- Pay the $36.25 driver's license fee.
- See “Fees to Renew Your Driver's License" below for more details.
- Pass any required examination (if applicable).
- Have your photograph taken.
The Alabama DPS will issue you a temporary driver's license—whether it’s a basic driver’s license or a STAR ID—until you receive your permanent one in the mail. Expect to receive this within approximately 30 days. If you have not received your driver's license, you can check the status with the AL DPS.
NOTE: If you need to process a name change, you will be required to bring additional documentation. Visit our Changing Your Name page for more details.
Out-of-State & Military License Renewal
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You may renew your license by mail only if you've obtained a AL driver's license with your photo and signature within the last 4 years, and you're:
- Military personnel or the dependent of someone in the military.
- See our Drivers in the Military page.
- A college student who's away from home.
- A resident who's temporarily out of the state due to work.
If this is you, you may apply within 60 days of your expiration date. You'll need to:
- Complete the Application for a Renewal License for Alabama Drivers Temporarily Out of State.
- Obtain a money order for $36.25 made payable to the Driver License Division.
- Gather proof of your reason for being out of state, such as a copy of your military ID and orders or your student ID and enrollment papers, or a certification letter on company letterhead from your employer.
- Provide your full name, birth date, AL driver's license number, and Social Security number (SSN).
Mail all of the above to:
Department of Public Safety
Driver License Division
P.O. Box 1471
Montgomery, AL 36102
Fees to Renew Your AL Driver's License
The cost to renew your AL driver's license is $36.25 for 4 years.
NOTE: Some AL driver's license offices are permitted to charge higher prices for renewal applications. For specific pricing details, contact your local AL DPS office.
Accepted Payment Methods
The Alabama DPS does NOT accept checks.
If you submit your Alabama renewal application by mail, you must send payment via a money order made payable to the “Driver License Division."
When renewing your AL driver's license in person, you can pay by cash or money order only.